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Friday, June 19, 2015

Great Google Sheets Add-on - Mapping Sheets #edtech #gafe #wsdtech

I'm preparing a presentation I'm going to be giving at a few conferences in the future and am surfing around looking for great Google Add-ons.  I came across Mapping Sheets today and fell in love with it.  It's not often that I say out loud to my computer, "That's awesome."  She rarely answers back.

Mapping Sheets allows you to take a list of addresses in a Google Sheet and by triggering the add-on, create a Google Map that shows the location of every entry with a pushpin as well as other data that you have collected.  I tried it with some very broad locations like China, Australia, and Montana and it pulled a map just fine.  Then I tried it with some Washington city names and the state and it did that fine too.

I can see the applications of this in a few ways, one being in a social studies class to track where items we buy are from.  Another might be in an English class to track the movements of a character in a book.  Or if you're giving a presentation, like I will be, to show the location of all of the attendees.  It's fun just to play around with too!

Check out the video below or watch it here


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